WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board will discuss issues associated with increasing pedestrian fatalities during a one-day forum here scheduled for May 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The NTSB Pedestrian Safety Forum comes amid a five-year, 19-percent increase in pedestrian fatalities. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that pedestrian fatalities in 2015 will have increased by 10 percent compared to the number of pedestrians killed in 2014.
“Walking is the most basic form of transportation that everyone uses but the rising number of pedestrians dying and being injured is alarming,” said NTSB Vice Chairman T. Bella Dinh-Zarr. “We have learned how to keep drivers and passengers safer and we need to find more ways to protect pedestrians, too. The NTSB Pedestrian Safety Forum, and our future investigations, will help us understand what we can do to improve pedestrian safety and save lives.”
The NTSB Pedestrian Safety Forum will feature presentations from urban planners, highway engineers, transportation policy advocates, and public health interests. To better understand, and ultimately reverse the growing pedestrian safety problem, panelists will discuss the effects of policy efforts, highway design, and vehicle technologies on pedestrian safety.
The NTSB plans to hold the free, open-to-the-public event in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C.
The forum can be viewed via webcast at: http://ntsb.capitolconnection.org/. An archived webcast of the forum will be posted to the NTSB website several days after the event. The webcast will be available for 90 days.
NTSB forums are held in the interest of advancing transportation safety, for the purpose of raising public awareness, or bringing public attention to a particular matter or safety issue. Forums are not part of the NTSB investigative process and are not a means to obtain evidence for an investigation or safety study. Participation in NTSB forums is completely voluntary.